Maylei Blackwell (Cherokee)

Maylei Blackwell (Cherokee)

Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor

Chicano/a Studies | Indigenous Women, Social Movements, Indigenous Migration, Transborder Organizing and Community Formation

Office: 7349 Bunche



Maylei Blackwell is a two-spirit scholar activist of Cherokee and Thai heritage.   She has accompanied indigenous social movements for the past fifteen years developing a research expertise on the intersection of women’s rights and indigenous rights within Latin America and the US.


Ph. D., History of Consciousness Department (Women’s Studies), University of California at Santa Cruz, 2000.
M. A., History of Consciousness Department, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1996
B. A., Double Major in History and Interdisciplinary Studies of Race and Gender, Minor in Spanish, California State University at Long Beach, 1993